Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sour Cream Enchiladas

We have been e-mailed about posting this recipe for a while now. Sorry it has taken us so long! It was just super hard to get a good pictures of this meal. This picture is taken prior to baking the enchiladas.
1 1/2 dozen tortillas
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 4oz. can diced green chilis
1 pt. sour cream
1 med onion
1/2 lb. grated cheese
3 C. cooked chicken (diced)

Put soup, chilis, sour cream in pan and heat to boiling. Put about 1 tsp. of soup mixture on each shell. Sprinkle each shell with cheese, onion, and chicken. Roll up and put in pan. Pour the rest of the sour cream mixture over them and sprinkle with cheese and onion. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

**I always half this recipe. I also never use the onion that it calls for. They may need to cook a little longer than 20 minutes. Check them at 20 minutes and see if all the cheese is melted.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Activity Days

This past week we had a Halloween themed Daddy/Daughter Date. It turned out to be so much fun. Here are the details.

We had the girls and their dads dress up in costumes. When they arrived we took pictures of the girls with their dads and had them decorate picture frames from the dollar store.

Then we played a few games.

Oozing eyeballs

Using a peeled hard-boiled egg as your "oozing eyeball", play this Halloween variation on the classic Hot Potato game. Have players sit in a circle, and pass the oozing eyeball until the music or menacing howls stop. The player left holding the eyeball when the music stops is out. Keep passing the egg until only one player is left.

Catch the Candy Corns

Guests are divided into teams or pairs and one wears the pumpkin while the others try to get as many candy corns in the pumpkin as they can. Adapt for any age group.

Guess How many candy corns are in the Jar

Everyone guesses how many candy corns are in the jar closest to the right answer wins.

Shaving Cream and Cheese Puffs

Each girl put shaving cream all over her face then her dad had to throw cheese puff and have them stick to the shaving cream. The one who had the most Cheetos stuck to her face after 30 seconds won.

The winners of the games got to choose a bat or mummy candy bar. (featured above)

For DESSERT we had Dirt Cake with worms and root-beer.

Click here for my Dirt Cake recipe. It is the same one I use for my son's birthday party.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Costume

Here is my little 50's girl! We can't wait to go Trick-or
Treating this year! What are your kids going to be? Leave us a comment and let us know! We love hearing all of your creative ideas!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Navajo Tacos

I really don't like deep frying at all, but Navajo Tacos are one of my husband's favorite dinners and I have to admit that they are pretty tasty. Here is how I make them.

I usually use Rhodes rolls for the fry bread. You could make your own homemade, but I usually just take the easy way out. I let the rolls rise for about 4-5 hours. I use 1 roll for the kids and 2 for the adults. After they have risen, I smash the dough to make a flat circle.

Put your dough in the hot oil, quickly brown it on both sides. ( I usually cook these outside so that my house doesn't smell like grease.)

Drain the fry bread on paper towels once you take it out of the deep fryer.

Top with chili ( I use our Wendy's Chili recipe. It is a great way to use us the left over chili.)

Add topping such of grated cheese, salsa, lettuce, onions, olives, tomatoes, sour cream or whatever sounds good.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekly Menu

Monday: Chicken noodle soup and french bread

Tuesday: Homemade Pizzas

Wednesday: BBQ chicken sandwiches and chips

Thursday: Cafe' Rio Burritos

Friday: Eat Out

Saturday: Spaghetti, rolls and green salad

Sunday: Roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggie and melt in your mouth dessert

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love Fall and these muffins are the perfect fall treat.
We have already enjoyed 2 batches of these yummy muffins. They are SO GOOD!
The recipe is originally for bread, but the muffinse are just the perfect size so that is what I usually make.

3 cups sugar
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pans or use baking cups.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Blend in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Fill cups 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for about 20 minutes.

You can also make 3 loafs of bread. Bake bread for about 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween Ideas!

These are two of my favorite projects that I made last year!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Monster Cookies

These cookies are so yummy and fun to make with the kids.

* 3 eggs
* 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 12-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
* 1 stick butter, softened
* 1/2 cup multi-colored chocolate candies
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips
* 1/4 cup raisins, optional
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, if using, baking soda, and oatmeal. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not over bake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Ideas!

We want to see anything and everything Halloween! Link up!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Free 8 x 10 Canvas

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Weekly Menu

Monday: Sour Cream Enchiladas, Chips and Salsa

Tuesday: Pizza and Green Salad

Wednesday: Poppy Seed Chicken, Rice, Green Beans

Thursday: Chicken Tacos, Chips and Salsa

Friday: Beef Stroganoff, French Bread, Green Beans

Saturday: Eat Out

Sunday: Baked Potato, Grilled Chicken, Cool and Creamy, Rolls


Saturday, October 16, 2010


The Family Scientista is here to show you some of her great tutorials! I love the ironing board cover and check out her Halloween bags!! Just click to the links to go straight to the tutorials!

Ironing Board Cover

Thanks for sharing these tutorials with our readers!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Finger Puppets-Tutorial

Check out these fun Halloween finger puppets made by Amy @ Naptime crafters.
Here's what you'll need:

  • Felt: black, white, orange, yellow, green

  • Hot glue gun or felt glue

  • Sewing machine

  • Black paint (optional)

  • Halloween paper (optional)

  • Mod podge (optional)

  • Baby food jar (optional)

1. Let's start off with the spider. Cut out 8 legs and 2 green eyes. For the body I did a circle shape with a rectangleish end to put my finger in (make sure you make this part big enough to wrap around your finger- don't forget seam allowances)
2. I used a pen to add some pupils and then glued the eyes down with my hot glue gun.

3. Put your spider together right sides together. All of his little legs are on the inside- leave a bit poking out, so they get stitched down well. Stitch around your spider- make sure you don't sew the end shut:)

4. Flip him right side out and you're done!

Ready for the ghost?

1. Cut out 2 ghosty shapes, 2 eyes and a mouth

2. Glue down the face and then place right sides together and stitch around the edges.

3. Turn right side out and say "boo!"

I did the jack 'o lantern next.

1. Make a body just like the spiders and cut out a mouth, eyes, nose, and stem. For a jagged stem use pinking shears on one edge.

2. Glue down the face

3. Stitch around the edges. Make sure you get your stem stuck in there (just like the spider legs)

4. Flip right side out

I thought about doing a witch and decided a hat was good enough:) If you're ambitious and make a witch I'd love to see how it turns out. So... here's how you make the uber simple hat:

1. Cut out 2 hat pieces

2. Stitch around the edges

3. Flip right side out and cackle:)

4 down, 1 to go
1. Cut out your candy corn pieces- orange, yellow and a white pointy top- ok... I totally just realized my colors are out of order. yellow goes first:)

2. Stitch each piece together. I just overlapped each color slightly and topstitched

3. Put right sides together and stitch around the edges

4. I bet you know what to do next:) Flip right side out and say "trick or treat!"

This next part is totally optional, but I have a gazillion baby food jars laying around so I decided to make a cute storage container.

1. Paint the lid black

2. Mod podge on a piece of paper and you're done!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween 2010

HaLloWeEN is such a fun holiday.
I just love walking down all the Halloween isles at Target and seeing all the cute seasonal items. It makes me want to throw a party.

I can't wait to make these darling spider cupcakes this year!
I'm thinking these would be a great activity to do during fall break.

Click HERE to see all of our Halloween ideas from the past!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trick-or Treat Bag Tutorial

This blog post of ours was already shared on eighteen25, but we wanted to share it here as well!

Last year I made this Trick-or-Treat bag for my daughter and thought I would share a tutorial on it with you!
Bag-I got mine at Michaels
Embroidery Floss and Needle
Wonder Under
Pattern for words or initial

First, use something round to trace a circle. A bowl straight from the kitchen works great! Then cut it out with scissors. I did mine double thickness so I didn't loose color once my material was against my bag.

Next, pin you pattern to a different piece of fabric and cut out your letter. You could also trace your pattern onto your fabric if you want. Since I was using black fabric I just pinned on my letters and cut around them.

Now you should have something like this.

You can stitch along the edges of your circle for a little more decoration. Using embroidery floss.

Now use wonder under and iron on your circle to your bag. Do this with your words or initials as well.

If you want to add ribbons to the side of the circle make sure you add them BEFORE you iron down the side you want them on.

Last, tie on ribbons and add any extra embellishments!
Now you have a Trick-Or Treat bag that you can use year after year! The best part is that it is not bulky for storing like those big orange pumpkins! Now I guess I just need another
Trick-Or Treater to use the other bag I made!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekly Menu

Monday: Hamburgers & fruit salad

Tuesday: French dip sandwiches and chips

Wednesday: Italian Chicken over rice with veggie

Thursday: Eat Out

Friday: Chicken fajitas

Saturday: Spaghetti, green salad and rolls

Sunday: BBQ chicken, cheesy potatoes and veggie


Friday, October 8, 2010

Visiting Teaching Handout

I made these this month for the ladies I go and visit for Church. The message this month is on Temples. I filled a tube that I got from Craft Warehouse with candy corns and then added a quote and picture with ribbons. The Temple Picture was from Lil' Luna.

This ideas would work great for teacher gifts or so cute for any holiday! I have had these tubes for a while now and was happy to finally be using them!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Family Halloween Scrapbook

This is one of my favorite things. It is so easy to do and fun to look through as the years go by. Each year since my daughter was born I have scrapbooked one 8 x 8 layout for our family Halloween album. All pages are kept in a black 8 x 8 album. It is such a fun snapshot back at all the Halloween costumes of the past. Here is a look at a few of my pages.